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CHARITY CALLS FOR BETTER CARE.

NATIONAL cancer charity Marie Curie said the NHS on Merseyside could do better when it comes to dealing with bereaved families.

Speaking after the release of the findings of a National Bereavement Survey, Imelda Redmond CBE, director of policy and public affairs, at Marie Curie Cancer Care, said: "Families have told us that their loved ones do not always get the care they need or deserve at the end of life.

"Although scoring higher than average for dignity and respect shown by doctors and for pain relief in the last few days of life, the survey shows there is still room for improvement across Merseyside."

Bereaved relatives across Britain were surveyed by the Office of National Statistics to gauge the quality of care received at the end of their loved ones' lives.

Overall quality of end-of-life care was measured by asking respondents to rate care in the last three months of life, taking all services into account.

In terms of overall quality of end-oflife care, Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral were the best-rated PCT cluster in the region with a score of 48% rating the quality of end-of-life care as either excellent or outstanding.

Merseyside scored 43%.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 9, 2012
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